This work by George Bourne, a pseudonym of George Sturt, was originally published in 1922. George Sturt ran a wheelwright's shop in the town of Farnham, in Surrey, but was also a keen writer: producing one novel and several other books on English rural life. This particular book is one of his works of non-fiction, focusing on his memories of his uncle, John Smith, an English farmer. Bourne compassionately explores the lot of the farmer, and of rural society as a whole at the turn of the twentieth century. He gives the reader a wonderful insight into the lives of a section of the population that experienced great upheaval at a time when economics and cultural forces were changing the demographic of the English countryside. To compliment the republication of this work, a brand new introductory biography of the author has been added.